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Skills Forum


The Forestry and Arboriculture Careers Guide has been developed by The Royal Forestry Society in partnership with the Forestry Skills Forum. 

The Forestry Skills Forum is dedicated to promoting skills and learning across the forestry sector in Britain. Members comprise the leading authorities, charities, companies, educational institutions and training providers. They represent all areas of the sector, including course providers, funders, employers and research centres, and include specialists in primary, secondary, further and higher education.

The Forestry Skills Forum was formerly called the Forestry Learning and Development Working Group. 


The purposes of Forestry Skills Forum are:

  • Agree actions across the forestry sector on priority skills and education issues;
  • Share information and resources among members of the Forestry Skills Forum; 
  • Advocate and promote education, learning and development in British forestry.


The primary objectives of Forestry Skills Forum are: 

  • Support the development and delivery of a Skills Action Plan;
  • Challenge and encourage the industry and employers to take the lead with the skills and learning agenda;
  • Inform and influence qualification development and professional/educational interaction;
  • Represent the sector on education, learning and development issues.


View our latest publications below: 

  Skills Plan Exec Summary              Forestry Skills Action Plan Executive Summary - 09/2018



Forestry Skills Study 2017 Executive Summary

                              Forestry Skills Study 2017 Executive Summary - 12/2018



A Forestry Skills Study For England And Wales 2017

                             'A Forestry Skills Study for England & Wales' - 10/2017



Members of the Forestry Skills Forum include: 

  •  Royal Forestry Society
  •  Forestry Commission England
  •  Field Studies Council
  • Tir Coed
  • ABC Awards
  • City and Guilds
  • Lantra
  • National Land Based College
  • The Crown Estate
  • Forest Enterprise England
  • Forest Research
  • Natural England
  • Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFOR), University of Birmingham
  • Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) Ltd
  • Forest Schools Association
  • Duchy of Cornwall
  • Woodland Heritage
  • Sylva Foundation
  • Harper Adams University
  • National School of Forestry, University of Cumbria
  • Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • CLA
  • Grounds for Conservation
  • Confor
  • Tillhill Forestry
  • Adrow Ltd
  • Herefordhire and Ludlow College
  • Greenlight Trust
  • Smallwoods Association
  • Forest Education Network